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NASCAR new rules package: 2019 schedule for aero package at every Cup race

NASCAR new rules package: 2019 schedule for aero package at every Cup race

first_imgWith a taller spoiler, a longer front splitter, a wider radiator pan and, at certain tracks, air ducts and/or a smaller tapered spacer, NASCAR wants to increase drag and downforce while decreasing horsepower in its Cup cars. This comes after NASCAR had spent several years trying to decrease downforce, making the cars tougher to handle.MORE: NASCAR’s 2019 rule changes explained”Where we looked to make a little bit of a change was around the horsepower and that was, after discussions with the drivers, discussions with the engine builders as well, as what would be something that would produce a little more on-throttle time and have a good relationship with the aero package that we put together,” NASCAR chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said in October, when the changes were announced. “So we made a tweak to that.”We think that’ll put it more in the drivers’ hands, especially as we go to some of the intermediate tracks.”Eighteen races on the Cup Series schedule will feature both the aero ducts and the smaller tapered spacer (from 1.17 inches in diameter to 0.922 inches in diameter), which are designed to restrict more air flow and decrease horsepower from a target of 750 to a target of 550. The air ducts will increase drag and downforce. Chief among NASCAR’s rule changes for 2019 is a new aerodynamics package that will reduce horsepower and slow down the cars in the majority of races on the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule. With a less-is-more mentality, the idea is to create better chances for passing and drafting at oval tracks longer than 1.2 miles.Or, simply put: NASCAR hopes the days of leaders driving away from the competition are over. Among those races, though, events at Atlanta, Pocono, Darlington and Homestead will feature the smaller tapered spacer, but not the air ducts.Confused? Here is a schedule that breaks down what races feature the lowered horsepower package with the smaller tapered spacer but not the aero ducts, plus the races that feature both, and the races that feature neither.(The 2019 Daytona 500 is excluded, as it ran under last year’s rules package.)NASCAR new rules package: 2019 schedule for aero package at each Cup race DateTrackSmaller tapered spacer (HP)Aero ducts2/24AtlantaYes (550)No3/3Las VegasYes (550)Yes3/10PhoenixNo (750)No3/17Auto ClubYes (550)Yes3/24MartinsvilleNo (750)No3/31TexasYes (550)Yes4/7BristolNo (750)No4/13RichmondNo (750)No4/28TalladegaYes (550)Yes5/5DoverNo (750)No5/11KansasYes (550)Yes5/18Charlotte (All-Star)Yes (550)Yes5/26CharlotteYes (550)Yes6/2PoconoYes (550)No6/9MichiganYes (550)Yes6/23SonomaNo (750)No6/30ChicagolandYes (550)Yes7/6DaytonaYes (550)Yes7/13KentuckyYes (550)Yes7/21New HampshireNo (750)No7/28PoconoYes (550)No8/4Watkins GlenNo (750)No8/11MichiganYes (550)Yes8/17BristolNo (750)No9/1DarlingtonYes (550)No9/8IndianapolisYes (550)Yes9/15Las VegasYes (550)Yes9/21RichmondNo (750)No9/29Charlotte (ROVAL)Yes (550)Yes10/6DoverNo (750)No10/13TalladegaYes (550)Yes10/20KansasYes (550)Yes10/27MartinsvilleNo (750)No11/3TexasYes (550)Yes11/10PhoenixNo (750)No11/17HomesteadYes (550)Nolast_img read more

NASCAR senior VP of competition says drivers made ‘a mockery’ of qualifying Friday

NASCAR senior VP of competition says drivers made ‘a mockery’ of qualifying Friday

first_imgComments from #NASCAR’s Scott Miller on teams not completing a lap in final round of qualifying “and kind of making a mockery of the qualifying.” pic.twitter.com/BQUEJbXKGO— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) March 15, 2019NASCAR made a change this year where drivers can be on the track in close proximity during qualifying so they can get a draft and produce better times.What the side effect has been though is drivers will either post a time immediately and wait until the end of a round to try again, or they’ll just wait until the final minutes to make one run so other men can’t pass them up in the closing moments.Friday, all of the drivers waited until the final minute in the third round to get going, but they ultimately waited too long, as no one was able to get to the line and post a time. Therefore, Austin Dillon won the pole because he was in the lead after Round 2.Miller indicated there would be changes when speaking to reporters after qualifying.”It’s a little bit on us in that we hoped, we hoped things would go better than that,” he said. “It’s an exciting show when they’re out there on the race track, but obviously we have a little work to do on our part to get a little bit better formats like that so things like that can’t happen.” Miller said there will likely be no changes at Martinsville but there could be in Texas.While Miller was pretty insistent that this can’t happen again, Kyle Busch — who will start in fourth on Sunday — didn’t seem to have much of a problem with what went down.”I thought it was great,” he told FOX Sports. “It was drama, do whatever, you know, don’t hate the player hate the game.”A little Kyle Busch reaction to it all: ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/wpiXMWgfV1— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) March 15, 2019 Not a single driver posted a qualifying time during the third round at Auto Club Speedway on Friday and NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller was not happy about it.”That’s what you don’t want,” he told reporters. “Obviously having the last 12 cars wait until they couldn’t get a time posted on the board and kind of making a mockery of the qualifying is not what we expect for our fans.”last_img read more